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The August Recess

August Proving to be No “Recess” for Lawmakers
In years past, the onset of the August Recess has been something most lawmakers in Washington cherished.  However, this year’s break is shaping up to be one for the record books. [ More ]

UC Legal Developments

Illinois Court Rules Employer Representation by Non-Attorneys in Unemployment Compensation Hearings is Not the Unauthorized Practice of Law
On Thursday, August 6, the Illinois Court of Appeals in Grafner v. Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) ruled that it was proper for the employer to use non-attorney representatives in an unemployment hearing.  More ]

Retirement Benefits Update

SHRM Suggests Improvements to Proposed Rule on Defined Contribution Safe Harbor
On August 14, SHRM submitted a joint comment letter with the American Benefits Council (ABC) praising the IRS for its plan to relax the safe harbor non-elective contribution rules relating to 401(k)-type retirement contributions. The rules allow employers experiencing substantial business hardship to reduce or suspend contributions during a plan year. [ More ]


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